To increase what you want and let go of what you don’t?
An accessible and effective way to do this is to recognize the Vedic (Hindu) holidays to magnify helpful influences. It just takes some attention and conscious intent.
Unlike most Western holidays, those of the Vedas are synchronized with the rhythms of nature as reflected in the movement of planets through the zodiac.
The current position of the planets in the signs gives us a precise idea of the energies manifesting at any given moment. This is fine-tuned by using the Vedic nakshatras which are smaller constellations along the same ecliptic as the zodiac signs we are all familiar with.
Some energetic patterns are substantial enough that they call out for our attention, and these become the Vedic holy days, or holidays.
Harmonizing with their energies can be beneficial to us. In what way is dependent on which energy pattern or holiday is active.
Here are 2 upcoming Vedic holidays that we can take advantage of. (Dates shown are for Continental U.S.)
Maha Shivaratri is good for performing rituals that honor endings.
Holi is a day to celebrate abundance and is an auspicious for any kind of activity.
Maha Shivaratri – Endings
Maha Shivaratri is this Wednesday, March 2nd this year.
This is the night for worshipping Shiva, the lord of destruction. In India, devotees fast, chant the mantra “Om Namah Shivaya”, and make offerings. That night they keep long vigils, and listen to stories, hymns and songs.
Shiva is a part of the Hindu trinity and as the God of destruction, relates to Saturn (or Yama, the God of death).
It’s a good time for honoring your ancestors and acknowledging the gifts brought to your life by things that are no longer, things or people that you have grieved.
It’s an especially good time for practicing ritual related to anything in your life you would like to see destroyed/ended or to say goodbye to.
- Do you have fears you’d like to let go of?
- Habits to break?
- Blockages you want to eliminate?
- Unacceptance you would like to let go of so you can truly surrender to the dance of life?
This is a perfect time to perform a personalized ritual to consciously ask for Divine help in leaving these things behind.
Doing so can have powerful, positive effects at many levels.
Holi and Lakshmi Jayanti – Growth
Holi is on Saturday, March 19th this year.
In contrast to the dark night of honoring lord Shiva, the Spring Festival of Holi is a festival of colors to welcome the spring. It’s time to win the blessings of the Gods for good harvests and fertility of the land.
This also happens to be Lakshmi Jayanti, the birthday celebration for Lakshmi, the beloved Goddess of wealth and abundance.
This holiday is celebrated as a time to welcome an abundance of all good things into your life.
The day before is called Holika Dahana and holy ceremonies called pujas are performed to celebrate the victory of good over evil.
As with many of the Hindu holy days and festivals, Holi is an auspicious day for any type of activity including new beginnings.
Do yourself a favor and take advantage of the support for positive change that’s offered by these special days.
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